Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has handed over 1.82 crore rupees to the medallists of the Para-Badminton World Championship, amending the policy for para-athletes to make them eligible for more cash awards.
As per the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championships, organised by International Paralympic Committee, International Sports Federation and recognised by International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government.
The first set of athletes who received their cash awards under the changed guidelines are para-badminton players. They have just won 12 medals at the recently-concluded World Championships.
While the gold medal winners took home 20 lakh rupees, the silver medallists were given 14 lakhs and bronze winners 8 lakhs each. Winners in the doubles events won 15 lakh rupees each for gold, 10.5 lakh each for silver and six lakhs for bronze.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Indian Para Badminton contingent which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championships 2019. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, 130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent. He said, their success is extremely gladdening and motivating.